BUFFALO – The race to the presidential primary election day for New York State is underway.
The primary won’t be taking place until Tuesday, April 19, but the major candidates have already started stumping in areas of the Empire State, with several of them planning stops here in Western New York.
On Friday, former first lady, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be in Buffalo, making a pair of campaign stops.
Clinton’s husband and former president Bill Clinton had also made a stop in the Buffalo on Monday to meet with a supporters, including Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi and Chautauqua County Democratic Committee Chairman Norman Green.
Hillary Clinton will continue to court support from the region’s Democrats on Friday as she continues to battle Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for the party’s nomination. Not including Super Delegates, Clinton holds a 1280 to 1030 delegate lead over Sanders. A total of 2,383 are needed to secure a nomination.
Clinton’s stops Friday include a public rally at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum and the Jacobs Institute in the Gates Vascular Institute, for a private round-table discussion on growing jobs and raising income.
Meanwhile, reports say that Sanders may hold a possible rally as well at the University of Buffalo, although that has not been confirmed by the Sanders camp.
On the Republican Side, Donald Trump has announced a planned rally at Buffalo’s First Niagara Center, slated for Sunday, April 17. Trump is the front-runner for the GOP. It’s not known if either of the two other candidates – Sen. Ted Cruz or Ohio Gov. John Kasich, plan to appear in Western New York before the April 19 vote.